New Mexico Broadband Program

The New Mexico Broadband Program has two major objectives:

  • Define broadband availability
  • Enhance its adoption

To better coordinate broadband deployment efforts among different state entities, Legislation passed during the 2021 Legislative Session establishes the Office of Broadband Access and Expansion, the Connect New Mexico Council and the Connect New Mexico Fund. The Broadband Access and Expansion Act (Senate Bill 93) creates the Office of Broadband Access and Expansion, administratively attached to DoIT for budget and expenditures oversight. The Connect New Mexico Fund was created through the Connect New Mexico Act (House Bill 10) and received appropriations totaling $100 million (Senate Bill 377).

The information on this website will be updated pending Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's appointment of the Director for the new Office of Broadband Access and Expansion and the convening of the Connect New Mexico Council.

Connect New Mexico Council

The members of the Connect New Mexico Council are:

  • Jeremy Lovato, Department of Transportation Designee
  • Juan Torres, Department of Economic Development Designee
  • Eli Guinnee, Department of Cultural Affairs Designee
  • Raja Sambandam, Department of Information Technology
  • Joseph Navarreté, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Designee
  • Bogi Malecki, Department of Higher Education Designee
  • Jonathan Chamblin, Public Schools Facilities Authority
  • Luis Reyes, Speaker of the House Appointee
  • Launa B. Waller, Minority House Floor Leader Appointee
  • Katherine Crociata, Senate President Pro Tempore Appointee
  • Steve L. Grey, Senate Minority Floor Leader Appointee
  • Jim R. Ruybal, Governor Appointee
  • Christopher Becenti, Navajo Nation
  • Godfrey Enjady, Apache Government
  • Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Pueblo Government

Statewide Projects


  • Acquiring customer and service area data twice yearly from each of the broadband telecommunication providers in New Mexico. These data are used to produce a Web map of areas being serviced by broadband and by which technologies. This map is updated after each data cycle.
  • Collecting Community Anchor Institution data, including potential and existing broadband sites within New Mexico, to support CASA (Community Anchor Site Assessment).
  • Interactive NM Broadband Map


  • Creating a "New Mexico Broadband Adoption Model" that, coupled with the availability mapping, we use to engage other broadband funded projects and the broadband providers within New Mexico and to develop opportunities for integration and collaboration in the areas of construction, education, marketing, and socio-economic analysis, with an emphasis on enhancing adoption. This is accomplished through:
    • Use of the adoption model.
    • Deployment of online surveys to collect information about community anchor institutions.
    • Hosting seminars throughout the state.

Capacity Building

  • Forming a statewide Collaborative Committee, together with Working Groups that represent various "use sectors" (Business, Education, TeleHealth, Native Nations, etc.). These groups form a core component to a number of conferences and focus forums to identify gaps, clarify issues, and provide "action" items toward solutions (legislation, funding, construction, regulation, etc.). All of these efforts will be incorporated into the New Mexico Broadband Strategic Master Plan.
  • Creating a Municipal/Tribal Broadband Master Planning Guide to assist tribal and local governments in the planning and implementation of broadband within their communities.
  • Developing Crowd Sourcing technology to facilitate the update and maintenance of CASA, DLR (Digital Literacy Resource; see below), provider data, broadband availability, and other data needing periodic updates.

Technical Assistance

  • Developing a Digital Literacy Resource (DLR) to marry the state's facilities, content, and instructors to support the public in identifying educational opportunities within their communities.
  • Conducting a Native Lands Data Acquisition Pilot with a selection of tribes to support telecommunication customer locales, enhance emergency service deployment, and provide education opportunities including Digital Literacy for Beginners and Businesses.